Can Technology Save Us? Mobility Dialogue Series Event May 22nd.
William and Barbara Leonard Transportation Center Mobility Dialogue Series
San Bernardino, CA -Mobility is key to the Inland Empire’s future economic growth and quality of life. This dialogue series has been developed to address the numerous regional projects and initiatives designed to improve mobility.
With the highly congested roads in major cities, many companies today are focusing on Hyperloop, and electric or hybrid-electric designs with vertical takeoff and landing capabilities such as flying cars or passenger drones. Hyperloop is a proposed system of transport that would see pods or containers travel at high speeds through a tube that has been pumped into a near-vacuum. The flying cars are designed to accommodate around two to five passengers or the equivalent cargo weight; be highly energy efficient, with reduced or zero emissions; and be substantially quieter than a traditional helicopter. There are various challenges to consider with respect to regulations, certifications, infrastructure, travel costs, air traffic management, safety, and psychological barriers. This dialogue will address the real possibilities and challenges of technological advances in society.
We will have three speakers presenting the full range of opinions on this topic:
- Jason Pack, Principle, Fehr &Peers
- David Embrey Pickeral, JD, Strategic Advisor to Mobility Innovation and Smart Cities
- Thomas Allen, Sales and Marketing Executive, Phoenix Motorcars
- Matthew Burris, Deputy City Manager, City of Rancho Cucamonga
Event Date: May 22, 2018
To register: https://commerce.cashnet.com/eCampus
Registration fees are $30.00 and include breakfast and parking.
Breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. and each dialogue will start at 8:00 a.m. and end at 10:00 a.m. All seminars will be held in the Santos Manuel Student Union at California State University, San Bernardino. This dialogue series is made possible through the support of HNTB Corporation.
The Workshop Series:
Mobility is key to the Inland Empire’s future economic growth and quality of life. This dialogue series has been developed to address the numerous regional projects and initiatives designed to improve mobility. Advanced technology will be the dominant factor in our automobiles, rail transportation, the movement of freight, and the organization of our communities. Few will doubt the assertion the change we are about to face is at least as great in the 21st Century as was the transportation changes that occurred in the early 20th Century as we moved from horse and buggies to planes, trains, and automobiles.
As exciting as this impending future may be, it is very important to remind ourselves that we live in a democratic society in which an informed electorate is the best guarantee of a strong and stable society. However, given the rapid pace of events, most people today are not informed about the many issues related to the immanent changes in our transportation infrastructure, few are aware the many transportation-related projects and initiatives, and fewer still are involved in any meaningful way in the decisions that are being made. There are differing opinions regarding the magnitude of the problems and the relative merit of various potential solutions. Moreover, there is currently no authoritative place that people who are not directly involved in ongoing discussions can go to obtain a comprehensive overview of our mobility needs, the related social concerns, and the projects and initiatives now being discussed to address them.